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off into the sunset. chuck hagel against down right defensive and lions, tigers and bears. "first look" starts right now. >>> good morning. super bowl weekend is here. fans of the ravens and 49ers descend upon new orleans, the town known for the lavish parties is gearing up to throw one of the biggest ever. and there's a lot to look forward to. jay gray is live in new orleans for us. jay, tough assignment. good morning. >> reporter: yeah. i get all the rough ones. good to talk to you this morning. the colors of mardi gras lighting up the dome. comes in the middle of that festival. and a lot of people as you said looking forward to kickoff. but others looking forward to seeing something else. we have a sneak peek at some of what you'll see. >> hey son? have fun tonight. ♪ come on, get happy >> you guys are three minutes late. >> don't be a cloud on our sunny day. >> sir? >> reporter: a lot of fun during the break and action on the field and a very special moment before the game. 26 students from sandyhook elementary will be here to sing "america the beautiful" flown in after an anonym
. it's time now for our closing argument. today, former republican senator chuck hagel faced a barrage of combative questions at his confirmation hearing as defense secretary. the toughest questions came from senator john mccain. >> will you please answer the question? were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? yes or no. >> my reference to -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator hagel? the question is were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straight forward question. >> well, do you think senator hagel is qualified to take the top post at the pentagon? why or why not? tell us what you think on the "nightline" facebook page, or you can tweet us. thanks for watching abc news. "good morning america" will be here waiting for you in the morning with the latest on the buildup to super bowl sunday. we're always online at abcnews.com. good night, america.
obama's nomination for defense secretary. farmer senator chuck hagel and got tough questions from vietnam veteran and fellow republican. john mccain asking hagel to admit he was wrong when he opposed the surge to the 30,000 troops to iraq in 2007. >> if you would like me to explain. >> i'd like an answer. yes or no. >> i'm not going to give you a question or no. it's par mu complicated than. thatly defer that judgment to history. >> history already made a judgment on the surge and you are on the wrong side of it. >> shepard: democrats defended him. >> i never had the pleasure of serving with you, which i wish i would have. we had a great conversation. you bring a fresh, breath of fresh air, truly a breath of fresh air to the process. >> if confirms senator hagel will be the first vietnam veteran and first enlisted soldier of any kind to be the defense secretary. >> he asked him to look at the entire record. mike emanuel on capitol hill tonight and some comments are getting more attention tonight. >> that is right. senator chuck hagel had a lot to defend and those close to him say
hagel. >> the question is were you right or wrong. >> coming up. president obama nominee to be secretary of defense faces sharp and sometimes angry questioning special freely his friend. >> investigation reveals the true price of some local school bond. billions of dollar in debt that is taking decade to repay. >> and which cancer screenings should you skip? sh[ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot, even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely... looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout dates, you can use your citi thankyou points to travel whenever you want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards to apply. susdz. >> fiery day on the hill. hagel purple heart recipient in vietnam and former senator to be nominated secretary of defense at the confirmation hearings. his former colleague met him with a barrage of critical questions
this morning, after a tough day of questioning from the senate armed services committee, chuck hagel is still likely to be confirmed as the next defense secretary. the former nebraska senator was pressed about past statements on iran, israel, and his opposition to the troop surge in iraq. >>> the committee could vote next week. if he is confirmed, hagel would be the first former enlist the combat solder to head the pentagon. >>> in alabama, the hostage situation involving a 5-year-old boy has entered a third day. police say the alleged kidnapper is holding the boy at an underground bunker, wired with electricity and stocked with food. jimmy lee dykes is accused of taking that boy off a school bus after killing the driver. negotiators are talking to him through a pvc pipe. >>> snowmobiler caleb moore has died from injuries he suffered in an accident during the x games last weekend. the 25-year-old was hurt when his 450-pound snowmobile didn't complete a flip and landed on him. his death is the first in the 17-year history of the x games. espn issued a statement saying, "as a result of this acc
hagel confirmation. host: which we will talk about at 8:30. caller: people have to understand -- host: i will have to keep it there. if you want to join us at 8:30, you're welcome to do that. international related, this is t" about iranon post about ira -- that is in the washington post. this also from the post, when it comes to investment in the united states by other countries. howard schneider writes -- secretary of state hillary clinton and her performance over the past four years -- we are getting the opportunity to assess how she did in her position you can do so by phone, give us a call that best represents you, and twitter and facebook are available to. st. paul, minnesota, the democrats' line. guest: i think she did an admirable job. here is one thing that troubles meet -- it is cheerleading versus effectiveness. i think condoleeza rice was one of the most dynamic individuals to serve. condoleeza rice was admirable too. she was great. she was articulate, well educated, did some wonderful things, knew how to handle the power of male egos, but the press would not give her the same
. >>> senate armed services committee could vote on the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next defense secretary. hagel faced off against some former republican senate colleagues yesterday in a bruising confirmation hearing. the sharpest exchange against senator john mccain who criticized hagel's opposition to the troop surge in iraq. and hagel apologized for using the term the jewish lobby in the past. >> i have already said i regret referencing the jewish lobby. i should have said pro israel. i think it is the only time on the record that i have ever said that. >> eight republicans plan to vote against him. he has backing among many democrats. >>> blinding snow blamed for a deadly pileup on a michigan highway. the mile long stretch of crashes involving 30 trucks and cars. three people were killed including two children believed to be siblings. and at least a dozen others were hospitalized. witnesses say they were driving on i-75 when conditions went from clear to whiteout in just a matter of seconds. >>> a similar scene along a snowy highway west of minneapolis. three dozen big rigs,
nominee chuck hagel expected to be confirmed despite a contentious confirmation hearing. he spent hours answering questions from the armed services committee in the senate. lawmakers wanted clarification on various positions hagel has taken in the past. at one point he grappled over whether he was wrong to oppose the 2007 surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no. it's far more complicated than that. >> if confirmed, hagel will replace leon panetta as defense secretary and be the only republican in president obama's cabinet and the first vietnam veteran to hold that position. the transportation secretary who is also a republican expected to resign as well. this should be wrapped up with the senate vote for chuck hagel next week. >>> it's 4:06. a judge will decide whether to declare a mistrial days after a culpeper police officer was convicted of manslaughter. two dtionaries and a thesaurus. >> jurors looked over the definition of m
on key issues >> facing his critics, chuck hagel... had this to say. >> we cannot have the threats to be held hostage to partisanship on either state of the aisle is too high. critics are taking issues for the troops surge with people >> with your correct or incorrect that the search would be the most dangerous foreign policy since vietnam? >> is that correct or incorrect? >> are you going to answer the question? he has supported questionable respect for israel. he is expected to have confirmation and become the first enlisted man to serve as defense secretary. >> it would be a positive message for our armed forces and armed forces are run throug our round the world national polls show that most americans support replacing leon panetta. >> hillary clinton spoke after less function. friday will be her last. she spoke of her -- last auction shes is saying that it is difficult to believe and difficult to leave. >> although it is difficult to predict what day that this will bring to moral my heart will be full. serving with the men and women of the state department has been a singular
on the defensive. chuck hagel grilled on capitol hill. did he blow his shot to convince lawmakers that he's the right man for the job? >> friday, february 1st, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. breaking news, we start with. two people have died, several people wounded in explosion that has taken place outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey. chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. not much information right now. turkey authorities are responding to that scene, trying to collect more information. the blast happened just a short while ago, some. news reports out of that area, saw a big flash, heard a big bang. reports of several people wounded near a side gate of the embassy. we're waiting for more information, the u.s., of course, has two major air bases in turkey no, where near the capit capital. soledad. >> thank you, chris, for watching this story. >>> also, we told you just moments ago, the former new york city mayor ed koch has died. he passed away from congestive heart failure. he had really problems with his heal
gutierrez in midland city, alabama. now here's matt. >>> put to a vote some time last week after hagel was met with sharp questions on either side of the aisle. capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more on that. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding any alarm bells. officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who, as you point out, is a republican who spent 12 years here in the senate representing nebraska. that should have made him very familiar with hearing that can get contentious, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iranian government as a legitimate government. i want your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say is it's recognizable, is recognized at the united nations. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'm a strong supporter of israel. i have been.
're disappointed with hagel's performance at yesterday's confirmation hearing but they do believe the former nebraska senator will be confirmed if only by a slim margin. one of the most damaging exchanges came from hagel's one-time friend and ally senator john mccain over hagel's opposition to the iraq troop surge. >> will you please answer the question, were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. were you correct or incorrect? yes or no? >> my reference to the -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator hagel? the question is were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. i would like to answer whether you were right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> well it will show you refuse to answer this question. >> with us is host of "face the nation" and washington correspondent bob schieffer. the white house normally prep their nominees. what does this say about it? >> to me this is the m
. >> reporter: hey, rob and sunny. clinton is out, kerry is in. and chuck hagel, a republican, who you would think would be a bipartisan pick is under furnd. john kerry takes over today. will hillary clinton run for president. >> i don't know how else to say it but i'm going get back into my life again. this is going to be new for me. i don't know how i'm going to react to it, to be honest. >> reporter: senator kerry takes over. president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. former senator chuck hagel, a vietnam veteran, took heavy fire from his own party. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in the country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> you refuse to answer that question. >> reporter: he was hammered by gop senators who said he was too tough on israel. he was talked to about referring to pro-israeli groups at the jewish lobby. >> i misstated. i've just been handed a note that i misspoke and said i supported the presi
like us to investigate, e-mail us at i reports. >>> the confirmation of hagel got heated today. they went after hagel on israel, iran and weapons. in was a time when mccain questioned hagel decision in iraq. >> i can talk about why i made those comments. >> reporter: if confirmed hagel would be the only republican in president obama's cabinet. several republicans said they will vote against him but may not be able to stop his confirmation. >>> in news of the world tonight in the middle east, syria and it's ally iran are questioning retaliation for israel's air strike. syria's civil war has caused international concern that syria's weapons could fall into the hands of extremist groups. >>> in greece, train stations were emptied because of transit worker strikes. greece had to apply for international loans to deal with their budget crisis. >>> more flooding is expected in some places tomorrow, when a river crests. about 7,000 people have been told they won't be going home any time soon. another 23,000 are isolated literally cut off by the highway water and at least six deaths hav
. >>> the confirmation of hagel got heated today. they went after hagel on israel, iran and weapons. in was a time when mccain questioned hagel decision in iraq. >> i can talk about why i made those comments. >> reporter: if confirmed hagel would be the only republican in president obama's cabinet. several republicans said they will vote against him but may not be able to stop his confirmation. >>> in news of the world tonight in the middle east, syria and it's ally iran are questioning retaliation for israel's air strike. syria's civil war has caused international concern that syria's weapons could fall into the hands of extremist groups. >>> in greece, train stations were emptied because of transit worker strikes. greece had to apply for international loans to deal with their budget crisis. >>> more flooding is expected in some places tomorrow, when a river crests. about 7,000 people have been told they won't be going home any time soon. another 23,000 are isolated literally cut off by the highway water and at least six deaths have been blamed so far on all the flooding. >>> she was accused of lipsyn
you, mr. chairman. good morning senator hagel. thank you for your willingness to heed the call and had a part of defense. we had a good meeting last week and covered many of the threats and challenges our country faces shrinking budgets, a strategic national security shifts and as you have underlined over and over again, we continue to provide fair and equal opportunities for all our service members and their families. i appreciate your opportunity and i will take you look better you -- up on your offer if you are confirmed to continue sitting down with you as a member of the armed services committee. i know this issue has already been addressed but i want to make sure i'm on the record is raising my concerns and this committee should give you every opportunity to clarify and underline your point of view. when we met privately, you emphasized your determination to keep all options on the table with regard to iran, including a military strike if iraq and continues to pursue a nuclear program in defiance of its international obligations. you also discussed your longstanding approach to i
killed in that war. chuck hagel is expected to be confirmed as defense secretary despite a rough day of questioning on capitol hill. his record as a senator caused frequent concern for the senate armed services committee. in 2001 hagel voted against sanctions on iran to stop the country from obtaining nuclear weapons. he apologized for his offensive comments that accuse israeli lobbyists of intimidating lawmakers. >> you said the jewish lobby, that term shouldn't have been used, it should have been some other term. name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> i have stated that i regret the terminology. >> but you said back then, it makes us do dumb things. >> if confirmed, hagel would be the first vietnam veteran to be defense secretary. his supporters say his experience makes him uniquely qualified. a vote is expected next week. >>> today in virginia, texting while driving could get closer to becoming illegal. a senate committee will vote on that legislation today. one bill up for consideration would increase the fine from
hagel. an explosion in mex stow city at a major oil company leaves more than a dozen dead. world tonight is next. you're on timeout leo! some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. >>> it was a grilling on capitol hill today. pointed questions for president obama's phenomenon knee for secretary of defense. and many of those questions came from the nominee's own party. >> janelle wang is here with our world tonight. janelle. >> former february nebraska senator chuck hagel hammered today at his senate confirmation hearing. one of the most heated exchanges came from his former friends senator john mccain who grilled hagel on his opposition to the 2007 surge of u.s. forces into iraq. >> deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> hagel said it wasn't a yes or no answer but senator mccain didn't give him a chance to explain. hagel spent a lo
and panetta got along fabulous. >> warner: speak of secretary of defense, chuck hagel who david, president wants to be, the secretary of defense, hearing yesterday confirmation hearing before the senate, pretty rough going. what did you take away from that. >> i thought it was terrible. i thought he did a very poor job. we interviewed him, mark and i said nice things about him. i internal enjoyed the interviews hi with him but he really did a bad job. he projected weakness which is not something you want in a secretary of defense. conot even respond to pressure from senators with any divorce or vigor. he project aid guy who hadn't prepared. some of these questions were obvious about the surge, about some of the things he said on al jazeera. you have to have an answer. it's like somebody without walks into a big home of their life without having done their homework. so i still think he will be confirmed. on more or less party-line votes but if it was up to sort of a looking for a boost of, a sign of confidence this was not it. >> woodruff: how do you see? >> i disagreement i thought he was
of defense chuck hagel who david president wants to be the secretary of defense hearing yesterday confirmation hearing before the senate pretty rough going. what did you take away from that. >> i thought it was terrible. i thought he did a very poor job. we interviewed him, mark and i said nice things about him. i internal enjoyed the interviews hi with him but he really did a bad job. he projected weakness which is not something you want in a secretary of defense. conot even respond to pressure from senators with any divorce or vigor. he project aid guy who hadn't prepared. some of these questions were obvious about the surge about some of the things he said on al jazeera. you have to have an answer. it's like somebody without walks into a big home of their life without having done their homework. so i still think he will be confirmed. on more or less party-line votes but if it was up to sort of a looking for a boost of a sign of confidence this was not it. >> woodruff: how do you see? >> i disagreement i thought he was compelling electrifying. no, he did not help himself. he did
. a rough ride for president obama's pick to run the pentagon. what former senator chuck hagel said that have many people no longer worried about his views but his competence. >>steve: this is your pilot sleeping. the veteran pilot who was supposed to land that airplane passed out behind the control is what happened. we did wind up scrambling a fire truck if that tells you anything. let's go down to brian kilmeade at the super bowl. i know it's a special day if he gives me an introduction to the cold open. i'm awake now but it was an extremely late night. my trip to bourbon street. >> nowhere on bourbon street would you find santa claus partying. >>brian: that's an interesting hat. i will not be bringing it back. the real nfl experience live from new orleans. that's where we are. "fox & friends" starts now. [music] >>brian: that is the tulane marching band. they were there. we have the tulane cheerleaders as well. it's early for them. to the right we've got the louisiana national guard. they have been a busy group over the past ten years between katrina and the b.p. disaster. of cou
or no? >> my reference to -- >> are you answering the question, senator hagel? the question is were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. i want you to answer whether you were right or wrong and then u you're free to elaborate. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer to a lot of things. >> let the record show he refuses to answer that question. >> with us now is washington chief correspondent and host of "face the nation," bob schieffer. bob, good morning. i think they were disappointed. they usually press their nominees. >> well, thankfully -- and let's not forget, chuck hagel was the co-chairman of john mccain's presidential campaign when john mccain ran the first time. this is stunning. but i agree with you. i mean generally on something like this what will happen, the white house will come back and stoutly defend the guy and say they're being unfair to him, and they started -- they didn't say it on the record but they started leaking all these reports they were disappointed and all that. to me that's almost -- fellows if you've got a hard vote comin
clinton is out. john kerry is in as secretary of state. chuck hagel, a republican who would garner bipartisan support you would think is under fire. senator john kerry takes the oat asset of state replacing hillary clinton who heads off to retirement with a question lingering: will she run for president? >> i am going to get back to my life. this is going to be new for me. why go how i will react. >> senator john kerry takes over the state department after cruising to confirmation from the senate, president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. on thursday, former republican senator hagel, a vietnam verb took fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> i am not going for give you a yes-or-no answer --. >> refuse to answer that? >> he was hammered by g.o.p. senators who believe he is soft on iran and too tough on israel and grilled about referring
so far. president obama spec for defense secretary chuck hagel faced a torrent of questions and criticism over his foreign policy stance thursday during his senate confirmation hearing. he has seen opposition from within his own republican party for failing to adequately back the party line on israel and iran. hegel was attacked during the hearing for earlier comments that were perceived as critical of israel. this is south carolina senator lindsey graham. >> you said the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people. senator.itand israelis i cannot think of a more provocative thing to say about the relationship between the united states and israel and the senate or congress and which you said. do you agree with me you should not have said something like that? >> yes, i've already said that. >> he also faced a grilling from longtime friend and senate colleague arizona senator john mccain over his views on iraq war. >> were you correct or incorrect when he said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? correct or incorrect? yes or
killed in that war. a vote is expected on the confirmation of chuck hagel as second of defense. he spent hours answering questions from the senate armed services committee. lawmakers wanted clarification on various positions hagel has taken in the past. he had one con stentious explanation with john mccain. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder had this country since vietnam? >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no. i think it's far more complicated than that. >> if confirmed, hagel, will replace leon panetta as defense secretary. he'd be the first vietnam veteran to hold that position. >>> at this hour, a search for a missing teenager in takoma park, maryland. this is a picture of 16-year-old vanessa hendersonment she was last seen on hudson avenue about noon yesterday. police believe she's wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and pink and black nike sneakers. she's about 5'6", 130 pounds and has a birthmark under her right eye. she has an acoustic guitar with her. if you have any information, call police. >>>
. former nebraska senator chuck hagel was grilled yesterday by members ever the senate armed services committee. several times, hagels was put on the spot over his support for israel, his refusal to go along with sank00s on iran and his past positions on the iraq troop surge. one republican is supporting him but hagel will need a few more to overcome any gop filibuster to his nomination. >>> the country is remembering a national tragedy today. it was 10 years ago today the space shuttle include broke apart in the skies over texas as it re-entered the earth's atmosphere. all seven crew members died. there will be remembrance ceremonies today at kennedy space center and arlington national cemetery. an investigation showed a piece of the foam that ripped off on launch and ripped a hole in the wing led to the accident. >>> before they fill arenas to capacity, bands including u2 and duran duran wowed fans at a club in georgetown. >> we'll tell you how it is being remembered in a new documentary. first, this snow moving in with tucker barnes. >> we are getting reports of snow moving in acro
big story this evening. president obama's pick for defense secretary chuck hagel was on the hot seat today. the former nebraska senator defended his record at a confirmation hearing taking on issues that ranged from israel to iran to his support for a group that advocates nuclear weapons. hagel was challenged on the troop surge in iraq. >> i would like you to answer whether you were right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> let the record show refused to answer that question. i actually would like an answer yes or no. >> well, i think it's far more complicated than yes or no. as i've already said, my answer is i'll defer that judgment to history. i'm fully committed to the president's goal of preventing iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. as i have been on record on that issue, as i've said in the past many times, all options must be on the table to achieve that goal. >> despite tough criticism from republicans hagel is expected to be confirmed as the next defense secretary. >>> also up on t
grilled nominee chuck hagel yesterday. hagel apologized for past controversial statements and defended his record of votes as a senator. if the senate did confirm hagel's nomination next week, wee become the first enlisted man and vietnam veteran to lead the pentagon. >>> frustrating commute home from work yesterday. they got stuck and after getting no instructions from metro, they took matters into their own hands. dozens of commuters wound up abandoning their green line trains and walking to their destinations last night. metro's general manager is apologizing properly policing -- apologizing promising some improvements. delia goncalves has more. >> reporter: good morning. it certainly was a big mess and it was a cold night for it. we talked to the manager at starbucks who is kitty corner from the navy yard metro station who says it looked like inauguration all over again with just swarms of people who were outside here at navy yard after the if fiasco happened inside. we'll take a look at some video and some pictures that fecks tweeted out of those massive crowds. panicked passengers pr
. in the newsroom, rebecca cooper abc 7 news. >> the white house says it expects the senate will confirm chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. today, the white house spokesman said president obama thinks he will be an excellent secretary. he dismissed critics of his performance at a contentious confirmation hearings yesterday. no democrats have said they would vote against him. today, a republican said he would oppose the nomination out. >> anne arundel county executive john leopold has resigned, just days after a judge found him guilty of misconduct in office. he was serving his second term. he issued a statement that said in part, "this decision is the most difficult decision i have ever made, but i know it is. right one and in the best interests of the citizens of anne arundel county." he acknowledged his mistakes. he will be sentenced in march, facing years in jail, but some legal experts believe he will get probation instead. >> the district's chief financial officer is retiring, the announcement coming less than a year after he was appointed to the post for three years. horace holmes j
hagel. during his confirmation hearings, he faced intense grilling from republicans. >> were you correct or incorrect and you said that the surge would be the most dangerous part policy blunder in this country since vietnam? yes or no? >> my preference -- >> are you evading the question? >> republicans repeatedly questioned him about a study that he co-authored to call for an 80% cut in u.s. nuclear weapons. he has most democrats on this side. a confirmation vote for him next week. it could be a difficult weekend for thousands of metro riders. orange line trains will not be running between the federal centers southwest and cheverly. trains will not be running between federal center southwest and benning road. ben austen o'clock tonight until closing on sunday. shuttle buses will be available. -- blue line trains will not be running. red line trains will single track between farragut north and did sherri. green line and yellow line trains between l'enfant plaza to mount vernon, single-tracking. >> the ravens are getting used to the new surroundings in new orleans for their practices. >> t
secretary nominee chuck hagel. the former republican senator from nebraska took a grilling at his confirmation hearing. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle questioned him about his controversial views on gay rights, sanctions for iran, and former president george w. bush's policies in iraq. but in spite of the turmoil, hagel is expected to get cfirmed by a narrow margin. >> tom: an update on failed futures brokerage firm peregrine financial, its founder, russell wassendorf senior was sentenced to 50 years behind bars. he' received the maximum sentence after admitting to engaging in fraudulent activity and misleading regulators for almost two decades. wassendorf also was ordered to pay $215 million, the amount prosecutors say he cost clients. the 64-year-old said he is "very sorry." >> tom: a couple of media giants today highlighted the challenges of an industry under-going great changes. business at viacom slowed down at the end of last year. advertising at the company's cable t.v. networks like nickelodeon, and mtv fell for the third quarter in a row. and it expects ad sales t
is out. and chuck hagel, a republican, who you would think would be hailed as a bipartisan pick, is under fire. senator john kerry takes the oath of office today as secretary of state, replacing hillary clinton who heads off to retirement with a big question still lingering, will she run for president? >> i don't know how else to say it but i'm going get back into my life again. this is going to be new for me. i don't know how i'm going to react to it, to be honest. >> reporter: senator kerry takes over after cruising through confirmation in the senate. president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. former senator chuck hagel, a vietnam veteran, took heavy fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in the country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> well, i'm not going to give you a -- a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> let the record show you refuse to answer that question. >> reporter: he was
are saying that chuck hagel's confirmation at this hearing was an absolute mess. so what is going to happen with this? we'll be right back with senator blount. >> iranian foreign ministry so strongly supports your nomination to be the secretary of defense? >> i have a difficult enough time with american politics. senator, i have no idea, but thank you an ] ring. ring. progresso. i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. two. three. my credit card rewards are easy to remember with the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. [ both ] 2% back on groceries. [ all ] 3% on gas. no hoops to jump through. i earn more cash back on the things i buy the most. [ woman ] it's as easy as... one! -two. -[ all ] three! [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. apply online or at a
on capitol hill came from a close friend. senator john mccain lit into chuck hagel for the troop surge in iraq. >> whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> the surge assisted in the objective. but if we review the record a little bit -- >> will you please answer the question? were you correct or incorrect when you said that -- >> now, despite some conservative opposition, hagel is expected to win confirmation as the pentagon chief. >>> americans have been buying guns in record numbers lately, ever since the talk about tightening gun-control laws. but there is a different type of firearm dealer also doing a booming business these days. reporter joe vazquez shows us it's do it yourself. >> reporter: don't wanna buy a gun? >> sometimes you want things done right. you gotta do it yourself. >> reporter: how about making your own? >> we are flooded with orders right now. >> reporter: our san die
successor will be sworn in in a private ceremony this afternoon. >>> former senator chuck hagel is grilled by fellow republicans during his confirmation hearings to be the next defense secretary. he defended his stances on israel and iran. lawmaker brought up a study he co-authored last year from a group that support the elimination of nuclear weapons. the hearing got heated at one point. >> i would like the answer whether you are right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> you refuse to answer that question. i would like an answer, yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. i think it is far more complicated than that. my answer is i'll defer that judgment to history. i am fully committed to the president's goal of preventing iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. as i have been on record on that issue, as i have said on the past many times, all occupations must be on the tagliabue to achieve that goal. >> hagel is expected to be confirmed as the next defense secretary despite the republican
more than a year ago. >>> well, he knew it was coming. former senator chuck hagel expected some tough questions on capitol hill as he tries to get confirmed as the next secretary of defense. his former republican colleagues asking about his past statements, a bunch of them, including israel and the troop surge during the war in iraq. he told them that no one vote or statement defines him. hagel is expected to be confirmed next week despite opposition from some of his former colleagues. >>> today is hillary clinton's last day of secretary of state. she'll be meeting at the white house and say goodbye to her staff before she leaves. john kerry will be sworn in as the new secretary of state in a private ceremony coming up this afternoon. >>> the government will now be able to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to pay the nation's bill. the senate passed the bill to raise the debt ceiling. without it, the government would have to default on obligations as soon as mid- february. >>> one of d.c.'s area neighborhood advisory commissioners wants to limit the sale of ski masks. >> thi
-- sides and they are wrong. guest: that is one of the main selling points about chuck hagel. he is a pragmatist. one of the reasons the president nominated him was that i think he is reading the tenor of the electorate to say this is the kind of person that we want an office, that there is -- and a large proportion of the electorate it is ideal -- ideologically driven and we want more leaders to look at things objectively and with an open mind. i think that was one of the primary reasons why they are very enthusiastic about senator hagel's nomination. i think your point is well taken. host: editors of the new york times asked, it is clear hagel is in the mainstream. the usa today ads of this -- host: richmond virginia on the independent line. caller: i am wondering which american people they are talking about. my sentiments are that the colors before me -- their comments before me, the american people are wondering about what these politicians are basing their assumptions on as far as hagel is concerned. he used to be a parity decent sounding person -- decent sounding person. he
, they seem to be ready, the american people are with them. he's handling the fight over chuck hagel. it looks like hagel, despite the sort of abuse he got yesterday will be confirmed. but then it's also jack lew. we have heard that may be contentious, john brennan. steven chu announced he's stepping down. that's another opening to fill. not to mention susan rice's. at some point how much of a distraction are these fights and how much political capital do they eat up that sort of takes away from some of these policy things we're talking about? >> well, it's always a risk and it's become obviously a bigger deal in recent years and this is one of the reasons why i think rice stepped out of the running there because she didn't want to become a distraction. obviously any post that has to be filled up will eat up a little bit of your capital, but tames there are a lot of issue that is can't be ignored. the sequestration battles and unlike julian, i do kind of think that's a difference between the gun and the immigration battle in that republicans themselves really want this immigration issue off th
home, in my mind. >> senator, one more before we wrap it up. off the news. chuck hagel got roughed up in his hearing for senate secretary yesterday. will he be confirmed and what is your valuation of the pick? >> he will be confirmed. he was interviewed by another maverick. john mccain. if john mccain were in the witness chair would he get the same barrage from the republicans. so there are a couple of of old fighters. they will do well and i think that hagel will do very well. >> you like the pick? >> oh, yeah, i do indeed. i do. of course, leon, the supreme to me. i've known him for 40 years. but no, he will do well. and if there is any place you need to start messing around that doesn't have a thing to do with the forstructure, don't let anybody tell you, if we do stuff, we are expecting. admiral mullen was correct. saying the greatest thing isn't terrorism. it is the debt. can you go into the try care system. can you go into the contractors and defense flag officer. making 2300 bucks an hour. go look at contractors. go into the dod school system where it is costing $51,000 a year
. that crisis is high on the agenda of the next defense secretary. chuck hagel was asked about it during questioning about his job. there was questioning by john mccain about the surge in iraq. >> or you correct or incorrect when you say it -- when you said that the search would be the most dangerous foreign-policy disaster sense the non? the question is right or wrong. i would like the answer of whether you are right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> let the record show that you refused to answer the question. >> if you would like me to explain, -- >> i actually would like an answer. >> what else did we learn from today's hearing a short time ago? he did not do the best job of defending himself. >> no, it was a fractious hearing and pointless. he referred to the government of iran as legitimately elected. he apologized for saying that israel had arranged a slaughter of its enemies. he was defending his views on iran. on israel, they think he is not friendly enough. in the end, i don't think we learned a lot about him, really
hagel was asked to defend his views on iran and israel. the toughest questions came from members of his own party. >> were you correct or incorrect. said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? yes or no? the question is where you right or wrong. that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well -- >> were you right or wrong? the elaborate. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> then let the record shows he refused to answer the question. >> if you will like me to explain -- >> i would actually like an answer, yes or no. >> i think it's far more complicated than that. my answer as i will defer the judgment of history. >> was will is investigating. a student with a gun made it possible for detectives to go in and shoot a fellow classmate. police surrounded the school in atlanta after a 14-year-old student was shot in the neck. three people were arrested. barack obama, for more research into violent video games as a part new measures aimed at curbing violence. they have yet to prove a link bet
, all part of his confirmation hearing. -- chuck hagel on past policy positions, all part of his confirmation hearing. if the former republican senator is confirmed, he would be the first ever enlisted man and first vietnam veteran to lead the pentagon. >>> federal agents seized nearly $14 million worth of fake nfl merchandise. just three days ago until the big game and officers have intercepted 160,000 bogus pieces of super bowl memorabilia. authorities say criminal organizations are actually stealing from american businesses as they try to pass off the knockoffs as the real deal. >>> for more on super bowl xlvii let's send things down to wusa9's andrea roane. she is anchoring our brit and grit coverage -- our blitz and glitz coverage in new orleans. >> reporter: hi. good evening. we don'tike the idea of snow in your forecast because we're having a beautiful evening here. we want to thank david and carol for allowing us to use their beautiful balcony. look at that backdrop again, the brewery and the beautiful lights. it's a gorgeous evening, more and more fans coming into town,
in custody. >>> lawmakers grilling chuck hagel about iran, and hagel said there's one statement that defines his beliefs, and breaking tonight, the hea the -- >> on this day in 1606, the legendary british rebel guy fox jumped to his death rather than face execution for trying to blow up partliment. he was a catholic in an otherwise protestant kingdom. and he had a plot to assassinate king james. he filled it with gunpowder but on the night before, guards uncovered the plot. for days, they tortured fox. and just before they were about to hang him, he leaped off the ladder and broke his next. these days, guy fox day is marked with fireworks, and masks of his face are a symbol of local anarchy, but a brit bit the dust. on this day, january 31st, it's over. that's it for january. spring. hurry up. >> the o'reilly factor, tonight. >> i want to talk to you about the allegations -- >> i have no comment about that. >> new jersey senator, robert menendez in big trouble. lurid accusations about underaged prostitutes are in the air, and a senator took private jet trips that he tried to hide. we'll hav
by the republicans or the president, but they're holding it back. >> chuck hagel i'll bet is glad the week is over. he went through a grilling. >> the wringer. i think he found out that when you switch sides, maybe, from your close friends, that they're a little more bitter, more upset. the white house was not thrilled with his performance, thought it could have been better. they're sticking by him, happy no democrats peeled away. there are 5 democratic senators. there's enough to confirm him, and republicans i've talked to, i talked to roy blunt today on the msnbc show, and he said i'm voting against hagel, but ifili. >> sunday panetta? >> leone panetta. the defense guys are very fired up about what's happening. i know that a lot of people around town here care about this a lot. >> thanks, chuck. >> see you. >>> doug? cold out there today? snow this morning? what's going on? a couple days ago it was 72 degrees? >> like tuesday our wednesday? >> this is what january is supposed to feel like in our region. yeah, 72 one day, 66 the next day, 40, 50-degree temperature drops. we've seen a heck of a we
senator chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense will be put to a vote some time next week. this after hagel was met with sharp questions from both sides of the aisle during his confirmation hearing on thursday. nbc's kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly, good morning. >> good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding alarm bells but officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who served in the senate for 12 years, a republican from nebraska, and you would think that would make him very familiar with confirmation hearings, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iran nan government as a legitimate government and i would like your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say, should have said, it's recognizable. it's been recognized, is recognized at the un. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'
, and she took a hard line on iran. in contrast, i thought ironically to what chuck hagel was doing and saying and being attacked for. on benghazi, that's her lady mcbeth spot moment. she took the fall. that's why i said obama had a payoff by calling 60 minutes basically because she covered his rear end, and nothing she -- and then she still attacked the critics. the problem with what she said is she still hasn't answered the questions which are who invented this false stories, and i have a few other questions. >> jenna: let me ask you this. the reporter for the associated press that had this interview said the secretary seems to suggest that she doesn't feel anything from benghazi will come back and haunt her if she runs for president in 2016. what do you think about that? does this have staying pure? >> i don't know. that's a long time away, and it probably doesn't. but the problem is there's still four dead americans. nobody's been captured, and eventually the truth's going to come out. it always does about how this phony story whichrs by the way, she was a proponent of. she trie
hagel will be confirmed as the defense secretary, despite the beating that he took on the hill yesterday. we will see you at 6:00, and thank you for allowing me to invade your aerospace. and it is that what you are doing? >> let's check in with doug hill about the weather. >> for the first time this winter, we are kind of on target chronologically right in the midpoint of winter, and certainly feels like it. 25 degrees in arlington. at the time lapse from damascus elementary school in upper montgomery county, the snow coming in, the sunshine comes out, and even though it does not get above 24, 25, a lot of melting from the direct sunlight, and a cold night tonight. we may replayed this whole scene tomorrow night and sunday morning in damascus and many other locations. 21 hagerstown, winchester, gaithersburg, 28 quantico and the nation's capital. the wind chill is now six degrees in gaithersburg and winchester, 13 manassas, 15 in the nation's capital. the air temperature will drop overnight between 13-20 degrees clear skies, but will have enough breeze to drive the wind chill into single
today. a rough day on capitol hill for president obama's defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. during his confirmation hearings, senator john mccain sharply criticized him for opposing the troops surge in iraq. republicans grilled him about his past statements on israel, iran, and nuclear weapons. he will face a confirmation vote next week's. >> we are just two days away from the super bowl. >> all the excitement building up to a point where we can only imagine john gonzalez cannot contain himself. let's go to him now in the big easy. >> morning. as you can see this morning, i have replaced my necktie with some beads. this is a live picture of bourbon street at this hour. thousands still out. we spent time talking to the so- called freaks of bourbon street. >> ♪ ♪ >> the ravens or the 49ers? >> the ravens. >> how long can you stay like this? >> forever. eric samuah the big winner? definitely going to be the 49ers. [someone tap dancing] >> let's see what they have to say, ravens or forty-niners? >> forty-niners. >> the ravens. >> ♪ ♪ >> go ravens. >> you can tell the future.
for threatening neighbors. chuck hagel will be back on capitol hill again today. he was questioned about his opposition views on the iraq war. he is expected to win confirmation and become the first enlisted men to serve as defense secretary. >> the super bowl is big business but not all those businesses are legitimate. more than $30 million worth of fake nfl merchandise has been seized. to national shipments of counterfeit merchandise were targeted. fake jerseys and baseball caps were confiscated. they have shut down 313 websites and have made 23 arrests. the labor department will release the january jobs report. hallie jackson gives us a preview. >> economists are predicting we will see basically what we have been seeing. the unemployment rate around 720% for the third year in a row -- 7.8%. >> we will see positive economic growth and job creation this year. >> the economy shrank by a tenths of a percentage point. >> president obama spent an entire election promising americans ever return to robust economic growth was right around the corner. >> there was a fourth quarter economic shrinkag
department. did you watch this? chuck hagel, why is he unprepared and what does it mean for his nomination. >> i have been handed a note that i misspoke and said i support the president's position on containment. if i said that, it meant to say obviously his position on containment we don't have a position on containment. constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating? yes! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. live the regular life. phillips'. mommy's having a french fry. yes she is, yes she is. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. 100% vegetable juice, with three of your daily vegetable servings in every little bottle. you name it...i've hooked it. but there's one... one that's always eluded me. thought i had it in the blizzard of '93. ha! never even came close. sometimes, i actually think it's mocking me. [ engine revs ] what?! quattro!!!!! ♪ he opened up jake's very private world. at first, jake's family thought they saved ziggy, but his connection with jake has been a lifesaver. for a love t
with the greatest of ease. senator hagel has hearings beginning next week and he has perhaps been the most controversial. we would all be paying attention to the nominee to be the director of control and intelligence and who has himself a history of some controversy on both the left and the right. so we could just talk about what the implications of this are and i want to type with these two questions together. many of us who work in foreign policy are drawn in. in the old days, this is not as embraced as it is now. for those of us who didn't study history, a lot of us remember that all of these inconsequential and rather uninteresting country is, whether it was czechoslovakia of the time or the molly of the time, they were the precursors to larger battles that could have been dealt with had they been dealt with early. i wonder thinking through that where we see things going and underscored the throat open and see who grabs at first. >> okay. well, let's just compare senator kerry and senator hagel to senator hillary clinton and bob gates. by that standard, both of the nominees -- they are
the timing of it, was a predistraction strategy to take away from chuck hagel's testimony today. in front of the senate. >> greg: it was horrible. >> dana: maybe somebody had a premonition and they said shutter jobs council because it will get us attention we would rather have than on the defense council. >> eric: yesterday we had the first contraction in the economy in 3-1/2 years. what did n.b.a. do in nightly news? didn't mention it. abc kind of mentioned it in quick comment. scott tellly took the cake. he mentioned it but said don't worry that number will likely be revised. scott ply is now an economist? figuring out when the economy is going to contract or expand? wow! >> andrea: my favorite is dnc communications director brad woodhouse tweeting throughout is the best looking contraction we have ever seen. that is the best case of diarrhea we have ever seen. >> dana: worst recovery in history. >> bob: why the "wall street journal" who i assume you like a lot said most is attrit to believe sandy? >> dana: did you read that editorial snod >> bob: i did. >> greg: sandy duncan? >> eric:
against nomination of chuck hagel as defense secretary. 19 g.o.p. senators say they will vote -- 12 g.o.p. senators say they will vote. he testified before the senate armed services committee thursday. hillary clinton said goodbye to her kriegs at the state department this afternoon. the same day a suicide bomber attacked the embassy in turkey. it's friday. the friday lightning round. "special report" from washington starts at 6:00 eastern. now back to new york and "the five." ♪ ♪ i have a lot of eating planned for sunday. hot wings, nachos, sausages, maybe a wall russ, who knows. the inside of my stomach will look like a michelle obama nightmare. >> andrea: mine, too. super bowl sunday could be the biggest party day of the year. putting together a party is key. you have been to a party or two, bob, or 700. any advice? >> bob: i tell you who you don't want to have? no euro trash there that will call football soccer -- >> andrea: would offending people, do you have party planning tips? >> bob: don't have people who think they know something about football and don't. they don't have
department was forced to defend his past statements. chuck hagel struggled to reassure senators he is up to the job and not soft on iran. testimony in the senate armed services committee lasted eight hours. it is not clear for republicans will try to block his nomination. >>> super bowl xlvii is just two days away. >> can't get here soon enough. both teams warmed up for a second day on thursday. ravens head coach john harbaugh decided to move practice indoors to the saint facility after reports from the players that the field at tulane university was a little hard. they wasted no time getting to work after the 49ers finished their practice. we'll be talking a lot more about the big game and the big match-up coming up at 6:30 when dave ross joins me for the morning line. >>> also coming up, still thinking about making a trip to the big easy. why waiting until the last minute might work in your favor. >> next, a tense situation for a plane full of passengers when the pilot passes out. a check of this morning's national headlines coming up after the break. lucky charms?! ♪ yer always afte
to confirm chuck hagel as defense secretary. political analysts expect him to win approval despite a brewing confirmation hearing yesterday. he was grilled on his stance on iran and israel. if confirmed, he'll succeed leon panetta. >>> we'll find out if a mistrial will be declared in the case of a former culpeper police officer. two dictionaries and a thesaurus were found in the swrir room after the verdict was handed down on tuesday. jury members apparently looked up the definition of the word malice which suggests that they might have been confused about their instructions. daniel harmon-wright claimed he shot patricia ann cook last year when his arm was caught in her suv window when she tried to drive away. >>> d.c. police need your help identifying a man who kidnapped and groped a teen. the attack happened yesterday morning in the 5100 block of nannie hill and boroughs avenue. a man got out of his suv and forced the teen inside. he drove her a few blocks away, groped her and let her go. if you saw anything, call d.c. police. >>> you may have noticed that eun and i and tom danella have hi
will sail through the senate with the greatest of ease. senator hagel's hearings begin next week. he has been, perhaps, the most controversial. if he had not been nominated and somebody well qualified and less controversial had been put in place, someone like michele flournoy or ash carter, then, of course, we would all be paying attention to mr. brennan who is the nominee to be director of central intelligence and who has himself a history of some controversy on both the heft and the right ironically. so if we could just talk about what the implications of this are, and i'm going to try and put these two questions together, actually, and to digress and explain this question a little better, many of us who work in foreign policy studied history because that's what draws you in. and in the old days polysci and ir were fields that weren't exactly embraced as they are now, and for those of us who did study history, a hot remember that all these inconsequential and rather interesting countries whether it was the czechoslovakias or malis of the time were the precursors to larger battles that
plan this year as it works to capitalize on stability. joining us now is thomas hagel, the ceo. first of all, congratulations. we haven't seen many ipos, so this one, it must feel good to get this one off. >> thank you very much for your congratulations. yes, we like the situation. this is what we have been working for. >> you haven't issued any new shares on the listing, so you haven't reached any proceedings, i guess, from the stock market debut. so what was the idea behind this listing? >> we have a new platform, we are positioned in northwest syria. an acquisition is one of our most important aims for the future and that's raising capital in the future from the capital markets. >> what are your -- okay. so why are you so confident about wanting to invest now? >> the time is ready. there are multiple acquisition opportunities. we are well positioned in this market. we know everything about this market. we are positioned in more than 160 locations. that is why we know the market and we have opportunities coming from this market and that is what we are going to do in the future. >> w
council, senator chuck hagel, president and ceo fred kemp, it's my pleasure to welcome you here this afternoon for this discussion on managing the crisis in mali. before introducing today's topic, permit me to say a word about the council's africa center for the benefit of the add yoans, those who are new to us, or those of us joining us for the first time via television or the internet. the africa center was established in september 2009 with the mission to help transform u.s. and european policy approaches to africa by emphasizing the building of strong geopolitical partnerships with african states and strengthening economic growth and prosperity on the continent. they seek to inform with policymakers and the general public of the strategic importance of africa, both globally and more american and european interests in particular. a subject, which, obviously, a commitment you share with us by joining us today which is of strategic importance. we do this through publications and a robot media presence. throughout the work to promote constructive u.s. leadership and engagement i
was the president, pretty much. she was constantly on the road. i want to say something about the hagel confirmation -- guesthost: which we will talk about at 8:30, just so you know. caller: people have got to understand -- host: if you want to join us at 8:30 to talk about the hagel confirmation, you are more than welcome to do that. "washington post" -- "iran to in which more uranium." "it is believed to be vastly superior to the clunky 1970's- era ir1 machine that iraq releases, giving iran the ability to produce up to four times as much enriched uranium per machine. iran claims the enriched uranium would it be used exclusively for nuclear power plants, but officials suspect that iran is using nuclear energy for weapons programs." this from "the post," the headline is specifically looking at china. "chinese companies invested $6.5 billion in the united states last year. that's a record, and a 17% increase over the prior year. but that's also about the same amount invested in the united states by spain." secretary of state hillary clinton and her performance over the last four years. giving you an
and a lot of it depends on hagel's confirmation. >> that vote is supposed to be next week sometime, right? >> yes, that is suppose pod be next week, but some folks on capitol hill said they did not want to confirm him until they talk to the current secretary about benghazi, so that the timing was not coincidental. >> and was secretary panetta update about how he is leaving and handing the defense department over to the successor? >> yes, he is proud of the record, and we talked a little bit about the legacy and how he looked at his term. but he is also happy, because this man has done long time service and at the cia as well for this administration and other administrations, and i think that he is excited to be going back home to california. >> he has worked hard and given a lot to the country as a public service, and going back to being a congressman from california and budget director in the clinton administration, and white house chief of staff and now cia director and defense secretary, and he deserves a little r&r. >> he is looking happy about going home to california. >> caramel, ca
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